South West State Administration Refutes Al Shabaab Propaganda Claims

Somali government soldiers take position during a clash with suspected Al -Shabab fighters ambush.
Somali government soldiers take position during a clash with suspected Al -Shabab fighters ambush.
Somali government soldiers take position during a clash with suspected Al -Shabaab fighters ambush.

OSINT SUMMARY

Thursday 13th November 2015, South West State administration denied Al Shabaab claims of killing government soldiers through a car bomb attack at Arbiska area near Mogadishu on Wednesday.

Through the Information Minister Hassan Abdi Mohamed, the interim administration of South West state downplayed Al Shabaab’s claims saying that there was no government soldier who was killed or wounded in the car bomb attack that targeted a convoy of vehicles escorting South west state leader Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden.

While briefing the local media, the information minister said all the soldiers who were on that convoy have been accounted for concluding no casualties from the attack as claimed by the Al Shabaab propaganda wing.

The Al Qaeda branch in Somalia is known to thrive through propaganda as a warfare strategy. Once they conduct an ambush on government and allied African Union forces, they post exaggerated reports on their pro-websites.

Propaganda warfare videos and posts on their pro-media is intended to paint a fiery picture that the jihadist group is relevant thus attracting more recruits.

The strategy of using propaganda reports has been watered and currently Al Shabaab military strength and capability is slowly dwindling as the Islamist group faces yet another pro-ISIS rivalry within it camp.

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